Little Owl, Felbrigg Park
It’s been two weeks since I was last in Felbrigg Park and whilst the vegetation has clearly advanced from Spring to Summer, the weather most certainly has not! Down the lane, through the village, I was surprised to see and hear a Siskin overhead – it’s getting late for these traditional winter visitors and I’m beginning to suspect that we might have a locally breeding pair. There was a Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker further down the lane, whilst a Blackbird, obviously feeding young, was by the back gate. A Whitethroat was blasting it out from the top of a tree near the start of the middle track to the Lake, with another along the Weaver’s Way, and a Little Owl near the hollow oak. On the water meadow I was pleased to see what looked like a ‘resident pair’ of Lapwing defending territory from another visiting pair. There were three Gadwall, a male and two females, flying up and down, but no sign of the Garganey – although I did bump into Richard later on, who told me that he’d seen the pair there earlier. Reed and Sedge Warblers were both busy in the reed bed and on the lake itself, two male Mandarin, a male Tufted and five Coot. There were plenty of Sand Martin overhead and a pair of Oystercatcher flew south over the water meadow. Chiffchaff and Blackcap were still singing in the shelter-belt on my return. We’re well into the ‘summer period’ for breeding birds now with much activity but much less song. I noticed also that several of the Mallard are beginning to moult into their eclipse plumage, so the seasons are definitely advancing.
Lapwing engaged in territorial behaviour, Water Meadow, Felbrigg Park